In-lieu/Treaty Fishing Access Sites
CRITFC operates and maintains 31 fishing sites along Zone 6 of the Columbia River that are for the exclusive use of Indian fishers from the four CRITFC member tribes. (Three sites do have shared-use facilities with the public.) These sites were set aside by Congress to provide fishing locations to Indian fishers whose traditional fishing grounds were inundated behind dams.
The sites offer a wide range of amenities for the fishers including access roads and parking areas, boat ramps and docks, fish cleaning tables, net racks, drying sheds, restrooms, mechanical buildings, and shelters. There are two types of sites: there are five “in-lieu sites” and 26 “treaty fishing access sites.” Separate laws created each type of site.
CRITFC is committed to providing ongoing maintenance, law enforcement services, and repair and rehabilitation at the sites. CRITFC provides the operations and maintenance of these sites through a BIA Self-Determination Act contract. A BIA Special Law Enforcement Commission to CRITFC Enforcement officers gives them the jurisdiction to maintain law and order at the sites.
Access to the Columbia
If you have questions about the fishing access sites or would like to report a maintenance or facility issue, please call: (541) 296-6010.